Kids Who Care Award Winners 2013
Kids Who Care 2013
Bridget Reyes is a senior at Marietta High School. She serves as a mentor for an elementary school student in the YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading and Serving) program, devoting at least three hours per week for the past three years. In addition, she led the effort to plan, build and maintain a community garden in her community. She founded a chapter of HOPE (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education) at Marietta High School. She will be the first of her family to attend college this fall.
Kyle Mercer is a senior at Harrison High School. Kyle co-founded the "Mercer Maniacs," a mentoring program and club for students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. The program helps students who have language deficits, allowing them to practice self-expression and learn new skills. He is also an Eagle Scout with more than 100 badges. As part of his Eagle Scout work, has also preserved a Civil War Battlefield, chaired Relay for Life and participated in 7 Bridges Homeless program.
Zack Eller is a senior at Milton High School. He has volunteered since he was six years old on behalf of homeless pets. Zack has raised more than $13,000 through "woof-em down" dog biscuits, a non-profit business he created. He has expanded the business to include a community-wide farmers market. Zack is proud to be a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. Also an athlete, he will be playing baseball for the University of South Carolina Aiken in the fall.
Jason Gresham is a junior at Carver Early College High School in Atlanta. He has been involved with LEAD (a nonprofit that helps inner-city kids play competitive baseball, as well as developing leadership skills) since Middle School. Jason has recorded more than 200 service hours with LEAD, where he serves as a tutor, mentor and baseball skills coach to local elementary and middle school children. As a LEAD Ambassador, Jason serves as the organization's spokesman and recently met with Gov. Deal.
Tiffani Alexander is a sophomore who is homeschooled and lives in Covington. She has worked with Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale for five years, creating a program for kids called "Butterflies, Beetles and Bees, Oh My." She uses the club to teach compassion and nurturing. She is also involved with the 4-H Club and a number of other community organizations.
Kaci Pollack is a junior at Allatoona High School, where she founded the teen chapter of A Crystal Stair, an organization which assists the homeless. She has implemented Shoebox parties, where students decorate and fill shoeboxes to be donated to the homeless and those in need of transitional housing. Kaci has been volunteering since sixth grade, and also works on Relay for Life and with Special Needs students at the school.
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About Kids Who Care
Since 1987, the Kids Who Care Awards have recognized the unselfish contributions of young people who dedicate themselves to making our community a better place. (Nomination Form) Kids Who Care Awards are made possible by 11Alive, Junior League of Atlanta and the Arby's Foundation.
Each year, five high school students are selected based on their service to a local organization or cause. In order to be considered, a student must be in grades nine through 12 and perform a service to the community that is not school-related.
Winners will receive an $1100 scholarship and a certificate of Excellence. They will also be recognized on 11Alive and honored at the Junior League of Atlanta's Annual Meeting in the Spring.
In order to nominate an outstanding teen for the Kids Who Care Award fill out the nomination form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the nomination form. Nomination forms should be sent to WXIA-TV, One Monroe Place, Atlanta, GA 30324. For more information, call (404) 873-9177.
Kids Who Care Stories
Kids Who Care focus on giving their courage, compassion, ideas and patience.
Taejah Goode and his mother arrived back in Atlanta Wednesday night after meeting with the president at the White House on the gun controls proposals.
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An 8-year-old is credited with saving her mother's life after calling 911 despite protests that it was nothing serious.
ATLANTA -- Whether in a studio, in front of a crowd, or doing his solo thing, the soundtrack of life for Jonathan Velazquez involves music as a way of breaking down barriers.
Saya Ahmed's life began in Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein. Because of the challenges her family faced there, she devotes her life to helping other kids who've escaped oppression in the world.
Nina Brante has been nominated for the 11Alive Kids Who Care Award for founding Strength in Stilettos, which provides prom dresses and scholarships to disadvantaged girls.
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